Chronology of the evolution-creationism controversy / Randy Moore, Mark Decker, and Sehoya Cotner.

By: Moore, RandyContributor(s): Decker, Mark | Cotner, SehoyaMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO, c2010Description: xx, 454 p. : ill. ; 26 cmISBN: 9780313362873 (alk. paper); 0313362874 (alk. paper); 9780313362880 (ebook); 0313362882 (ebook)Subject(s): Human evolution -- Philosophy | Creationism -- Philosophy | Human evolution -- History -- Chronology | Creationism -- History -- ChronologyDDC classification: 231.7/650202 LOC classification: GN281.4 | .M65 2010Summary: A unique chronology with entries describing the key events in the 3,000-year conflict between religion and science over the explanation and definition of life on Earth.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 399-411) and index.

A unique chronology with entries describing the key events in the 3,000-year conflict between religion and science over the explanation and definition of life on Earth.

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Chronologies are often strange animals. This one, however, makes good use of the format to present a thorough overview of the evolution-creationism debate, from the earliest recording of Egyptian creation tales in the third millennium B.C.E. to the discovery of Ardi, a female Ardipithecus ramidus skeleton 4.4 million years old in 2009. It includes over 1400 chronologically arranged entries, featuring familiar names-e.g., Galileo, Linnaeus, Darwin, Wilberforce, Scopes, Behe, and Dawkins-and many unfamiliar ones as it elucidates the long history of tensions between scientific evolutionary biology and religion-based creation science. Also included are several useful appendixes, a chart of estimates of Earth's age and of the geologic timescale, a listing of major species of known hominids, a list of case law involving the evolution-creation debate, and a glossary and bibliography. Photographs and illustrations accompany the text, as do icons in the margins, which indicate when an article deals with certain aspects of the topic, such as law, design and intelligent design, scientific evolution, creation science, and the origin of life. Authors Moore, Mark Decker, and Sehoya Cotner, all biologists from the University of Minnesota, are careful to present the issues without ridicule or bias, although they are clearly coming from a proscience, proevolution point of view. Bottom Line This is an essential and frequently fascinating look at the long history of the evolution-creationism debate. While it is insufficient on its own for in-depth research, it is a great introduction to the subject. Clearly written and easy to understand, the book is highly recommended for school, public, and academic libraries, as well as theological libraries with audiences interested in the topic.-Amanda K. Sprochi, Univ. of Missouri Libs., Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Much has been written about the creationism/evolution controversy. Here, the authors (biology, Univ. of Minnesota) aim to provide dates and facts that shed light on the controversy, its many currents, and related ideas throughout history. The chronology begins with the creation myths of ancient Egypt, but the bulk of the book covers the 19th and 20th centuries, when what today is known as creationism began. The authors use icons to highlight various aspects of the issues, such as legal challenges, social Darwinism, evidence for evolution, creation science, and flood geology. This volume, with more than 1,400 entries, features an excellent index and bibliography and helpful appendixes with information including estimates of Earth's age, major legal decisions, and major species of known hominins. Because of the broad scope of the entries, this chronology provides information on the history of geology and other sciences along with the history of religious ideas, movements, and philosophies. This should prove a useful reference work for students and faculty and provide much useful material for those researching the issues. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. M. Taylor University of Colorado, Denver

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Randy Moore, PhD, is H.T. Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. His published works include Evolution in the Courtroom: A Reference Guide, with Janice Moore and Mark Decker. Moore was the 2008 recipient of the Evolution Education Award given by the National Association of Biology Teachers, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.
Mark Decker, PhD, is codirector of the biology program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His published works include Evolution in the Courtroom: A Reference Guide, with Randy Moore.
Sehoya Cotner, PhD, is an award-winning teaching associate professor in the biology program and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She is the author of several papers on science pedagogy, and is particularly interested in the determinants of acceptance and rejection of evolution by high school and undergraduate students.

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